Mundakopanishad : [ Description of the sad state of knowledge-less ( devoid of Upasana ) rituals ]. Mantram-s. 8 to 10.
Section-2. ( Rituals )
Mantram - 8 to 10. [ Description of the sad state of knowledge-less ( devoid of Upasana ) rituals ]
Discussion-5. "Nakasya .. the term in the third line of mantram...."
Nakasya : - This term ( First word in the third line of mantram ) is being used here in a peculiar etymological meaning of it.
'Kama' : means, in samskrtam "Bliss"; 'akama' naturally means then 'pain', na + akama = meaning that state where pain is unknown.
There is a particular reason why Mother Sruti has specially chosen this word to point out the heavens.
She wants us to understand that, though in heaven there is none of the pains of mortal life, it is only a relative happiness there.
The denizens in heaven, including the 'Vikunta Narayanan i.e. Lord Vishnu, are creatures in pain, compared with the Absolute State of Perfection which is the theme of the Upanishad-s.
And hence Mother Sruti refuses to define it as a positive place of happiness, but only says that it is a plane of existence where the soul-killing sorrows of life are not present.
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To be continued .....